2022 MLK Celebration Week

In January 2022, the City of Dallas will host its 40th annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a weeks’ worth of events highlighting issues of equity, diversity, and opportunity. The week will include a Day of Prayer, a Day of Service, a Wreath Laying Ceremony, Job Fair, Equity Symposium, Youth Summit, and Scholarship & Awards Gala. Celebration week will culminate with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Virtual Parade.

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Virtual Wreath Laying Ceremony
Tuesday, Jan. 11 | 10 a.m.

The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center invites the community to watch its Wreath Laying Ceremony online, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King.

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual Job Fair
Wednesday, Jan. 12 | 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

A virtual job fair in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas featuring on-site hiring and a showcase of workforce skills and credentialing programs to support job seekers.

Link to Register: bit.ly/MLK2022JobFair

Social Justice & Re-entry Forum 
Thursday, Jan. 13 | 10 a.m.to Noon 
The Change is Possible Tour partners with the city of Dallas to host a panel discussion of formerly incarcerated persons, judges, attorneys, and community activists on the challenges of social justice and re-entry.

Virtual Equity Indicators Symposium
Friday, Jan. 14 | 8:30 a.m. to Noon

Join the City of Dallas and Office of Equity & Inclusion in a critical conversation on building an equitable and inclusive Dallas. 

Download Spanish Flyer

RSVP: bit.ly/2022EquitySymposium

Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony
Friday, Jan. 14 | 7 p.m.

Join the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Martin Luther King, Jr.  Community Center in commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. King.

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual MLK Scholarship & Awards Gala
Saturday, Jan. 15
Networking Reception | 5:15 p.m.
Gala | 6:30 p.m.

Annual Gala featuring keynote speaker Dr. Eddie Glaude, scholarships, awards presentations, and performances. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Virtual Day of Prayer & Reflection
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 10 a.m.

The City of Dallas and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center reflects and honors the work of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., his fight for a more just society, social activism, and ability to galvanize support from various Faith Leaders. 

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

Youth Field Day
Sunday, Jan. 16 | 1 p.m.

The Youth Commission will host a Field Day exploring MLK’s legacy, youth impact, and ways to be a leader and make a difference throughout Texas.

RSVP: bit.ly/MLK2022Summit

Virtual MLK Day Parade
Monday, Jan. 17 | 10 -11:30 a.m.

This 2022 Virtual Parade will be pre-recorded and broadcast on the public access channel. It is a compilation of videos and pictures depicting MLK Day parades of the past. There will be interviews discussing the 2022 theme: “40 Years Strong: A Look Toward the Future.”

RSVP: bit.ly/2022MLK

The MLK Fest has been canceled. For more information, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/keep-up-the-dream-mlk-fest-2022-tickets-225916571547

Learn more about MLK Celebration Week by visiting: www.dallasmlkcenter.com/mlk-celebration-week

2021 MLK Winter Warm-Up

On Saturday, December 18, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Winter Warm-Up event, a community-based effort to provide new coats, hats, and gloves to 800 children in need.

Registered guests participated in the drive through to receive a free winter coat, a food box with fresh produce and dry goods, STEAM kits from the Dallas Public Library (MLK Branch), gloves from KIPP, laundry detergent and hand sanitizer from In the City For Good, and teddy bears and toys from White Rock United Methodist at Owenwood, in collaboration with Kelly Drake, MLK Advisory Board member. COVID Vaccinations were also available on-site, provided by Abundant Life AME Church and Foremost Family Health Center.

Additional sponsors included Carter’s House, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Empowering the Masses, Enterprise Foundation, LIRA Group, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Oncor, Peter & Dena Silberman, Terris Perkins, Jr., Hope.Encourage.Love.Protect. (HELP), Foremost Family Health Center, The Richards Group, Heroines of Jericho, Miles of Freedom, Star Medical Specialties, KIPP, Transportation Unlimited, In the City for Good, Bridgford Foods, Texas State Federation of Garden Clubs, Turner 12, Geico, Rose Wright, Doris Edmon, Crystal Tyler, Emma Rodgers, ABZ Solutions, Bimbo, and Dairy Farmers of America.

Special thanks to our volunteers who contributed their time and labor to make this event a success. We could not do it without you!

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Oasis Focus, Inc. and North Texas Food Bank host Mobile Food Giveaway at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

On Wednesday, December 8, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center partnered with Oasis Focus, Inc. and the North Texas Food Bank to host a mobile food pantry for residents in the South Dallas area.

It was a drive though event serving 250 families with free produce and dry goods from the North Texas Food Bank, hygiene and cleaning supplies donated by Sir Kendricks Smile for Autism, and other donated items from Oasis Focus, Inc. and The Concilio

To learn more about Oasis Focus, Inc. please visit their website at https://www.oasisfocus.org

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2021 MLK Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway

On Saturday, November 20, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway to provide complete Thanksgiving meals to families in need. 

Over 500 guests participated in a drive-through event to receive bags filled with stuffing mix, vegetables, bread, desserts, and more, along with a turkey or whole chicken, and a ham for a complete holiday meal.

This year’s sponsors included LIRA Group, Dallas Fire Department, Transportation Unlimited, Terris Perkins, Jr., Abundant Life AME, Bimbo, Boss Fight Entertainment, Empowering the Masses, Foremost Family Health Center, Oak Street Health, Miles of Freedom, Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Original Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Brian Eberstein, Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Giving Tree Ministries, First Choice Social Services, Ellen’s Kitchen, Hope Encourage Love Protect (H.E.L.P.), Ben E. Keith, Storks Nest Fund of Dallas, The Richards Group, Enterprise Foundation, and the Highland Park Police Department.

Our gracious volunteers included St. Luke United Methodist Church, Refulgent Star, Diva Girls Rock, Kappa Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., H.E.L.P., Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., MLK Community Courts, Foremost Family Health Center, The Richards Group, and Team MVP.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center also partnered with Miles of Freedom and the Botham Jean Foundation at the Park South YMCA to provide free turkeys and Thanksgiving trimmings to 500 families in need.

Thank you to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers- we could not do it without you!

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Happy Halloween From Your Friends at the MLK, Jr. Community Center

On Thursday, October 28, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted its Annual Treat the Building event, a Halloween celebration for the children of the MLK ChildCareGroup.

Staff members from each organization on campus dressed up in costumes to give candy to the children as they walked through the core building.

After the event was over, and as a special treat to the community, we also gave away free nachos and drinks.

Thank you to all of our tenants and to LIRA Group who donated their time and resources to make this a successful event!

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

On Friday, October 8, 2021, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a free giveaway of nachos and treats to the community. 

110 attendees enjoyed salsa and bachata music, nachos and drinks, and a sweet treat at the end.

Sponsors included LIRA Group, the Community Food Bank of Fort Worth, and Bimbo Bakeries USA.

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2021 MLK Back to School Drive-Thru Festival (Event Recap)

On Saturday, August 14, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center celebrated its annual MLK Back to School Festival with a drive-through event for families and students to get free backpacks, school supplies, and more to prepare for the new school year.

Our volunteers and Community Partners distributed more than 1,200 backpacks with school supplies, bags with nonperishable food items, household cleaning products, hot dogs, soda, snow cones, and more.

Our Community Partners included National Association of Black Accountants, MLK ChildCareGroup, Harambee Steering Committee, Abide Women’s Health Services, The Richards Group, Dallas Museum of Art, Foremost Family Health Center, South Dallas Community Court, City of Dallas Environmental Quality & Sustainability, City of Dallas Environmental Education & Initiative, Trinity Basin School, Dallas Rape Crisis, MLK Branch Library, Morales Group, KIPP: Texas Public School, Accident & Injury Chiropractic, Reliant NRG with Kona Ice, Maximus, and the Dallas Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

This event was sponsored in part by LIRA Group, Peter & Dena Silberman, and the City of Dallas.

Additional donations and special contributions came from Capital One, APL Logistics, Dallas Mavericks, Carter’s House, Funky Town Fridge, Encore Global, Enterprise Foundation, IKEA, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Kappa Zeta Chapter, DART, Project Unity, Stork’s Nest Charity Fund of Dallas, Brian Eberstein, Miles of Freedom, In the City For Good, and the AT&T NTX Ran Construction Team.

Special thanks to everyone who donated supplies and volunteered their time to ensure we had a successful event!

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Videos provided by Elaine Sacks, MLK Advisory Board (District 1)


Reliant Teams Up With City Of Dallas To Help Vulnerable Residents Stay Cool This Summer With Beat The Heat Program

WHAT: Summer months in Dallas are known for bringing sweltering heat to our city, and many residents are still looking for ways to stay cool in their homes. This Thursday, July 22, Reliant is partnering with the City of Dallas to improve living conditions for residents of South Dallas and Fair Park who are facing Texas’ devastating summer heat.

With Reliant’s support, the City of Dallas’ MLK, Jr. Community Center and West Dallas Multipurpose Center, will assist over 200 families throughout the summer with combination portable AC and coolers to beat the heat safely in their homes. Residents can call West Dallas Multipurpose Center at 214-670-6341 or MLK Jr. Community Center at 214-670-8418 to apply for a portable A/C unit.

Many low-income homeowners are not able to control the temperature in their home, impacting their health while summer temperatures rise. This is Reliant’s 12th consecutive year launching its “Beat the Heat” program in partnership with the City of Dallas. The program provides resources for Dallas-area vulnerable residents to stay cool and receive financial assistance for their electricity bills during the hottest days of summer.

Community Assistance by Reliant Energy

Across Texas, Reliant has provided more than $12 million to help Texans who need assistance with electricity costs through the CARE (Community Assistance by Reliant Energy) program since 2002. Anyone who needs help paying their electricity bill this summer can call 2-1-1 within Texas or visit 211texas.org. Reliant customers can also contact us 24/7 through a number of convenient ways, including at 1-866-222-7100, via online chat, or on the Reliant app.

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*Registration @ MLK is now closed for the portable A/C units.

2021 AIDS Walk South Dallas

On Saturday, June 26, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center hosted AIDS Walk South Dallas in observance of National HIV Testing Day. 

This year’s theme was “Intensifying The Fight for Health and Rights” which extends the mission to inspire, educate and galvanize the community of South Dallas and surrounding areas to continue to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS and assist those impacted. 

For more information about AIDS Walk South Dallas, please visit www.aidswalksouthdallas.com.

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Photos courtesy of Beverly Hilton.